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Planetarium

 

 

Free Shows Will be Presented Online
on Friday Evenings:

7 p.m. “Night Sky” Program

8 p.m. Feature Show

June 21 show — "Solar System Survey: The Sun" — An exploration of Earth’s home star.

June 28 show — "Deep Sky Deep Dive: Understanding Exoplanets" — More than 5,000 exoplanets have been confirmed. But where are they?

See below for show details.

Thanks to the generosity and vision of the late John Drescher, Santa Monica College is the home to a computerized planetarium theater. At its heart is the Evans & Sutherland Digistar II planetarium projector, which was the first of its kind on the West Coast. Using digital technology, audiences can fly beyond the solar system and soar among the stars. We can transport you across our galaxy to the limits of spacetime. 

Planetarium this week

New free, live, virtual public shows!

 

Invitation links to the live online events are generally posted the Thursday before. These programs are only available LIVE on Friday evenings, and on the occasional Matinee dates, normally Sundays. Clicking on the Zoom links at other times will not work.

Please scroll down beyond the calendar for notes on upcoming 8 p.m. programs

We also look forward to the expanded capabilities of the new planetarium and observatory SMC is building for opening in winter 2025.

Jim Mahon
Senior Planetarium Lecturer

Upcoming Planetarium Shows

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Shows are presented live online until further notice.
Jun 21
The Night Sky Show

The Night Sky Show

7 p.m. - 8 p.m. Online
Jun 21
Solar System Survey: The Sun

Solar System Survey: The Sun

8 p.m. - 9 p.m. Online
Jun 28
The Night Sky Show

The Night Sky Show

7 p.m. - 8 p.m. Online

Comet NEOWISE over Mount Shasta

Weekly Night Sky Show

The Night Sky programs will last roughly 30 - 40 minutes, followed by a short question and answer period where guests can type questions into a chat box and we will answer as many questions as possible. There will be a short intermission at approximately 7:50 p.m. prior to the start of the Feature program at 8 p.m.

Feature Programs

Note that all 8 p.m. feature programs are preceded by the 7 p.m. “Night Sky” program described above.

Currently all presentations are online ONLY, with the exception of occasional observing programs. 

June 21“Solar System Survey: The Sun” — Planetarium Lecturer Sarah Vincent. Earth’s Sun puts the ‘Sol’ in "solar system." This week’s show rounds out the Solar System Survey Series with an exploration of Earth’s home star. It's a middle mass star in the outer reaches of the Milky Way, and it is the only star in the universe with a planetary system where it’s confirmed that life exists.

June 28“Deep Sky Deep Dive: Understanding Exoplanets” — Planetarium Lecturer Sarah Vincent. Audience request: Planets beyond Earth’s solar system are a relatively new discovery. The first exoplanet was confirmed in 1992. Since then, with the help of missions like Kepler and TESS, more than 5,000 have been confirmed. But where are they? How do they form? And what can they teach about Earth and its solar system?

Location of Planetarium (Currently closed)

Drescher Hall, 2nd Floor
1900 Pico Boulevard
Santa Monica, CA 90405
Campus Map

The Drescher Planetarium is located in the middle of the second floor of Drescher Hall on the north side of the Santa Monica College campus. Drescher Hall is the three story brown building on the South East corner of Pico Blvd. and 17th Street. We are in Santa Monica, south of the 10 (Santa Monica) Freeway and west of the 405 (San Diego) Freeway.